Peace. Youth. The Arts. (hmm . . . seems to be a theme here)
Strange to think that it was over 10 years ago that my brother and I began PeaceGrooves <http://www.peacegrooves.com>, a project centered around the creation of alternative media, stories and games that reflect an Anabaptist nonviolent perspective. Since that time we have led various workshops, held many brainstorming sessions, and even sponsored a nonviolent game development contest with mixed results. Currently, PeaceGrooves serves as the catalyst for a variety of personal artistic endeavors.
Youth and the arts have always been a part of my life, usually in partnership concurrently. Over the course of my life, I have worked with diverse groups of youth in a variety of rural and urban settings. While working for a nonprofit in West Virginia, I implemented the When Youth Create program that connected youth to the arts as a way to foster personal growth and community connectedness. As part of the program, I led a youth council in runnning the Sound Lounge, a safe and drug free music club for youth and youth musicians. I also hosted the Sound Lounge Radio Show which featured music and programming by and for youth.
I have a BA in Youth Ministry (1991), have served as a Youth Pastor, and received a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation (in Education) from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA in 2008. I have been certified in anger management and have received training in mediation as well as other violence prevention curricula.
Since 2013, I have been the Managing Editor for PeaceSigns, the news magazine of the Peace and Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA.
In my former life, I have been a singer/songwriter, poet, radio dj, photographer, carpenter, teacher, website designer, artist and generally all-round-creative-dude. Aspects of this former life continue to show up in my current life which leads me to rarely if ever be bored (much to my childrens’ chagrin). To see what else I am up to feel free to visit the various links listed in the sidebars.
Currently, I make my home near Washington DC. I divide my time between writing, renovating a 1911 Colonial, walking dogs (professionally), and attempting to live out the peaceable kingdom as husband to Rachelle, father to my two children, and friend to two dogs and a bunny.
I am grateful for your presence and welcome any comments you may have.
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